Most people familiar with TENS units will be aware that they are a popular choice for people suffering with back pain. While acquiring a TENS unit for back pain is one of the most common reasons, it’s certainly not the only one. These little devices have many uses, for both chronic and acute pain. We’re going to take a look at some scenarios where the TENS unit can be used to fight pain.
Examples of TENS Units
One of the best things about using TENS for arthritis pain is that it can enable people to stop using anti-inflammatory drugs. The side effects from taking such drugs for prolonged periods can be nasty. Anti-inflammatory pills (especially naproxen) are known to cause stomach upset, which can be worsened by additional medication. Those arthritis patients who find TENS effective can experience a number of benefits, including reduced stiffness in the morning and greater ability to bend and move freely.
Pregnant women who are in labor can turn to TENS therapy, to help them cope with the pain. Some believe that even the distraction of a TENS unit can help women deal with labor as it gives them something to think about and take their mind off the pain. One of the main reasons people like to use TENS during labor is because there are no drugs being passed on, into the baby’s system. Also, if it is possible to manage without painkilling drugs there isn’t the recovery time to worry about. It has been estimated that about one in five women make use of TENS at some stage during their labor. Note that TENS should not be used earlier during pregnancy, only during labor. Make sure you see your doctor or midwife for advice before using TENS for labor.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Innovations in TENS accessories has lead to products such as TENS gloves and socks being created. The TENS glove is designed to help with things like carpal tunnel syndrome. While a standard TENS unit can be used for carpal tunnel syndrome, a glove is easy and convenient. TENS gloves are usually made of silver nylon threads which provide high levels of conductivity – and as a result distribute the current evenly, which can is desirable for many users.
As mentioned earlier in the article, the TENS unit is best known for its use as a tool to alleviate back pain. Millions of Americans suffer with some sort of debilitating back pain at some point in their life. Painkillers can offer short-term relief but can be highly addictive and have nasty side effects. This is where people turn to TENS therapy, for drug free pain relief. Electrodes (the pads) are placed on the back, on or close to the area that is in pain. This is the most common way to use a TENS unit for back pain, although there are more and more innovative TENS solutions entering the market. Like the TENS glove targets the hand, there are many belts for targeting the lower back. These make it easier for some users who would struggle to place electrodes on their own back/in the correct place. TENS unit belts are also chosen purely for convenience, they are quick and easy to setup.
If you are suffering from some type of chronic or acute pain, the likelihood is that TENS therapy can offer you some relief. Anybody considering a TENS unit is advised to speak to their doctor or a medical professional first. TENS therapy is suitable for almost everybody but there are some cases where it should not be used, such as for those who have a pacemaker. There is a chance that the electrical signals could interfere with the device. If you would like to research TENS further, more information can be found here.